One week has passed and the Taliban has still has not allowed aid from Turkmenistan to enter into Maimana city, capital of northern Faryab province, said Naqibullah Fayeq, provincial governor.
The Turkmen aid has been held up in Tagab district by the Taliban for the past eight days, Fayeq said, adding that “It’s possible that this aid has become rotten because of how long they have been in the sun," said Fayeq.
“The aid is 35 metric tons of tomatoes, 20 tons of vegetables, 20 tons of carrots, 8 tons of biscuits and chocolates, 12 tons of non-alcohol drinks, and 1,618 boxes of eggs,” said Fayeq.
“A day after the arrival of the aid, it was expected that it would move to Maiamana for distribution to poor families, but the Taliban has not let the trucks move,” he said.
Farshid, a resident of Faryab, said "The aid is for poor families," asking: “Why do you grab our rights?”
“In Ramadan month, let the aid come to the people and let it be distributed to poor families,” said Ehsan, another resident of Faryab.
TOLOnews tried to reach the Taliban for comment but did not succeed.
The local official said that because the people are suffering from the coronavirus outbreak in the country, “this aid is very valuable for them.”
Wahid Majroh, health ministry deputy, announced on Saturday that in the past 24 hours 253 out of 520 samples tested positive for COVID-19, which brings the total to 4,033.
There here were 6 deaths and 29 recoveries reported in the past 24 hours, Majroh said, adding that the total deaths are 115, total recoveries are 502.
The number of deaths from COVID-19 globally is more than 274,934, and 3,940,866 have been infected with the virus, according to Johns Hopkins University.